• Bataan to hold Mass for Pope John Paul II

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    MORONG, Bataan: The Memorial Shrine of the Blessed Pope John Paul II here is all set to hold a mass on Sunday to celebrate the canonization of the new saint, the parish priest of Morong said on Wednesday.

    “We are preparing the Liturgy to be officiated by Bishop Ruperto Santos, the Holy Mass to be attended by many faithful Catholics from different parts of Bataan,” Fr. Gerardo Gregorio Jorge said.

    “Ang mga deboto ng Mahal na Birhen sa Nagbalayong, Morong ay dadalong lahat [Devotees of the Blessed Virgin in Nagba–layong, Morong will attend],” the priest said.

    Morong Mayor Jorge Esta–nislao, former surgeon of the St. Luke’s Hospital in Quezon City, said he will attend the Holy Mass with his constituents.

    The Memorial Shrine of the Blessed Pope John Paul II was built at the former Philippine Refugee Processing Center (PRPC) where the Pope held a Mass before thousands of Indo-Chinese refugees during a visit on February 21, 1981. The memorial shrine was completed when the Pope was beatified.

    The shrine also shows the Pope with a family of Indo-Chinese refugees in a boat while traversing the rough and turbulent sea to escape persecution from their countries of origin—Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.

    “As a child, Jesus fled his native land and escaped death,” the pope told the refugees.
    The PRPC which was home to about 400,000 boat people  was converted into the Bataan Technology Park, which was also closed.

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